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Proclamation of 1763 Leads to Increased Tensions America and Britain have had a long history of acts of aggression These acts can be traced back to 1763 This was the year when the French and Indian War ended and Britain gained full possession of North America The French and Indian War led to the Proclamation of 1763 which then increased tensions between Britain and the American colonies For a long time the English and French were staying pretty far apart but a war was inevitable The English just kept on moving westward America soon became a battlefield for the European rivalries Thus the start of the French and Indian War The French and Indian War lasted nine years from 1754 until 1763 The first battle was a skirmish at Great Meadows In 1775 1400 troops were set to takeover Fort Duquesne The British general that commanded this takeover was Edward Braddock He later was killed along with 976 of his men King George III issues the Proclamation Line of 1763 which limited western expansion of the colonies to an arbitrary line at the height of the Appalachian Mountains In order to prevent fighting among the colonies and to avoid war with the Indians the officials in London decided to try to keep the colonists confined where they already were Settlement of the new lands would have to wait until Indian relations and a land policy were worked out Boorstin 69 The British thought that the Appalachian Mountains which ran roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline a few hundred miles inland would be a useful barrier to keep the colonists separated form the Indians in the west Boorstin 69 King George III said that none of the colonists could settle west of the Appalachian Mountains He also said that none of the Indians could settle ease of the Appalachian Mountains These were the terms of the Proclamation of 1763 One of the downfalls of
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